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HoornbeekJohn Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Hoornbeek has served as a policy practitioner at the federal, state, and local levels of government in the United States. His public service work has included appointments with the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, the Wisconsin State Legislature, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Congress, and the National Environmental Services Center at West Virginia University. His work focuses on environmental and public health policy, and it spans issues of local and state concern to issues with international implications. A central theoretical question underlying his research and analytical work is the relationship between institutions of governance and policy outputs, impacts, and outcome Curriculum Vitae





Deric R. Kenne, PhD, MS, BA

PhD, Public Administration, The University of Akron, 2010; MS, Psychology, Mississippi State University, 1998.
Dr. Kenne joined Kent State University in 2011 after conducting drug abuse research at Wright State University's School of Medicine for 8 years. He has over 10 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner in the field of substance abuse, and has experience in both academic and nonprofit settings. He has helped secure over $7.6 million in state and federally-funded research and service grants and has authored or co-authored articles on the topic of substance abuse and behavior change. His teaching experience includes courses in general psychology, behavioral statistics, public health policy, grant-writing, program evaluation, and mechanisms of drug abuse. He has interests in substance abuse treatment, community corrections, transtheoretical model of change, cognitive-behavioral interventions, social-information processing, policy and evaluation. 

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Jonathan VanGeest, PhD

PhD, Medical Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998;

MA, Sociology-Urban Studies (Dual Degrees), Michigan State University, 1991;

BS, Sociology, Michigan State University, 1988.

Dr. Jonathan VanGeest is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health at Kent State University. Prior to his arrival at Kent State, Dr. VanGeest served as a Department Chair in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, where he also directed the university’s Center for Health Informatics, Planning and Policy. He also has previous experience working as a Senior Scientist and Program Director in Science, Quality and Public Health at the American Medical Association (AMA) and as a Scientist in the AMA’s Institute for Ethics, an academic research and training center uniquely situated within the nation’s largest medical professional association. Dr. VanGeest's research focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in health care, limited health literacy, and care outcomes associated with structural changes in medicine. He also has extensive experience in survey research methodology and program evaluation. Dr. VanGeest has published in leading health and policy journals and co-edited one of the first textbooks on limited health literacy.  He is an Associate Editor for BMC Medical Research Methodology and he is on the Editorial Boards for Evaluation and the Health Professions (EHP), a quarterly journal providing a forum for health professionals interested in health evaluation research and practices, and the Journal of Substance Abuse and Alcoholism.  A guest-edited special issue of EHP on surveying clinicians was published in September 2013.  Dr. VanGeest has served on numerous state and national committees, including the Institute of Medicine’s Liaison Panel on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Panel to Evaluate U.S. Standard Certificates and Reports.  He currently serves as a Section Councilor for the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association.  

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Josh Filla, MPA, Outreach Coordinator  -  Mr. Filla received his Master’s of Public Administration from Kent State University’s Political Science Department and earned his undergraduate degree from KSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He works with the Center’s staff, affiliates, and partners on projects in a variety of subject areas, including intergovernmental collaboration and environmental policy.


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Chris Banks

Joseph Drew, Ph. D.

Gale G. Gault

Dale F. Helsel

Evan Hansen

David H. Kaplan, Ph. D.

Brian D. Kelley

Thomas Pascarella, DBA

James B. Tinnin, Ph. D.